How to Make Christmas Shopping Easier

It’s that time of year again and although it’s a ton of fun, it can also be a ton of stress, but it doesn’t have to be! A lot of times we forget the meaning of the holidays, the religious meaning, the time spent with loved ones, the traditions we carry on throughout the years. Those things are what truly are important, gifts are nice of course, but they aren’t as important as how we choose to spend our holiday. At the same time, the holidays many times are often about giving and that’s what people love to do. Nevertheless, it can be quite stressful shopping for Christmas or holiday presents especially when you have no idea where to start! Read on for tips on how to make your holiday shopping easier:

1) Start Early – There is nothing more stressful than to have a whole list of people to buy for and not enough time! Start early to take the stress off of cramming shopping in at the last minute

2) Make A List – Write down the names of the people that you want to shop for and jot down some ideas of what you would like to buy next to their name

3) Safe gifts – Some people are very easy to shop for, others are not. There are many safe gifts that you can give when unsure of what to buy, things like candles, Christmas cookies or desserts, chocolate, gift baskets, wine, gift cards, hot cocoa gift sets, etc. can be given, after all it’s the thought that counts, no need to add to the stress!

4) Shop Online – Finding time to drive to the store and around town can be next to impossible with a busy schedule. Take comfort in your own home shopping online! There are often deals and free shipping. It’s also much safer this year to shop online instead of being in large crowds

There is always a lot going on, especially around the holidays, go easy on yourselves and remember that the season is about spending time with family and loved ones celebrating tradition!

Set Aside Some Me-Time During the Holiday Rush

There is always so much hustle and bustle around the holidays that we often let things slip off of our to-do list, often those things are ones that are important to us and ones that are related to taking care of ourselves! During the holidays and most of the time in general, we spend so much time focusing on others and giving our time and energy to others that we forget to give some of that time and energy to ourselves! Self-care is so extremely important, even more so during the holidays when we tend to feel depleted and pulled in many directions.

This holiday season, make sure that you take some time out just for you, it doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but do something you love. Take a hot bath, watch some holiday movies, keep up with your hobbies, make sure to keep yourself on a list of priorities, because you are important and human and have only so much energy to give before it’s gone!

Cozy PJ Must Haves for Women and Men

Winter time is upon us now and the days have become shorter as the night takes over so much sooner now. We stay cozy inside as the cold air blows around outside. In a matter of time snow will start to fall to the ground. Whether you are busy at home, or relaxing on the couch watching TV, these winter must-haves will keep you feeling warm and cozy all winter long. An extra bonus!? These are also some great gift giving ideas! So here there are:

  1. A warm robe
  2. Fuzzy socks
  3. A PJ top and bottom set
  4. A cozy, warm sweater
  5. Sweatpants
  6. Warm slippers
  7. A beanie or other hat
  8. A scarf
  9. An oversized t-shirt for layering

Remember the Reason for the Season

There are many holidays coming up for people of all different countries and religions, no matter what you are celebrating, there is usually a main reason, or purpose as to why the holiday occurs. Sometimes we may lose sight of that as we decorate, buy gifts, spend time with loved ones, but if we take a moment to honor the reason why we celebrate this holiday, it can help us keep in touch with our roots. The holidays are a great reminder for us to help us remember who we are and where we came from, also the history of our culture and/or religion. Take the time this holiday season to dig deeper into the meaning of the holiday that you are celebrating!

The Magic of Christmas Lights

As a young child, my parents would take us all out to see the Christmas lights around town. We would go to ones that you pay to drive through, like the public displays and we also would just take a drive around the neighborhoods looking at how magical all of the houses looked brightly decorated with color. These memories live deeply inside my mind and are some of my fondest holiday memories! There is nothing more amazing that driving or walking through the town on a cold winter night watching the beauty of the Christmas lights illuminate the world.

This holiday tradition was and still is one that we look forward to every year. It’s something so simple, yet brings so much joy to our family. We must make time to revisit the little things that bring us so much happiness. The holiday lights are so uplifting and bring back so many memories. For a moment you feel so small staring up at the display of lights and you just stand there in awe and peace and remember how magical the holidays are no matter what age you may be!